Year 11 girl ‘left without school place for two terms’

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A Warwickshire mother may receive thousands of pounds in compensation after the county council failed to find a school place for her daughter.

The woman, known as Miss L, complained that her daughter received no formal education for most of the academic year following their move from Wales.

And as the girl was in Year 11, her GCSEs were affected. Her mother may now receive £6,250 in compensation.

A report for the council’s regulatory committee, which meets today (Tuesday), states: “Miss L had sent an application for a school place for her daughter which was received on August 28, 2013. Further information was requested from her daughter’s previous school and this was received on September 11 2013.

“Three schools were approached during the following six months. In each case the school took several weeks to determine that a place would not be offered. The officer who would have ensured that one of these schools offered the child a place was absent from work for much of this time and no satisfactory arrangements were made to ensure that the matter was resolved with the required urgency and vigour. Hence no school place had been provided by the time the complaint was received in March 2014.”

The report adds: “At the point when the complaint was made it was not possible or appropriate to find a school place for the pupil. It was therefore arranged that a package of education including home tuition, entry for GCSE exams and support to enable her to continue her education or undertake training in the academic year 2014/15. This was in place by April 12 2014.”

The compensation sum was reached following legal advice, based on previous payouts. It includes a payment of £2,000 for each of the three terms of missed school and a payment of £250 for the “distress, time and trouble incurred by the complainant.”

The committee will decide whether to award the compensation.

The report does not specify where in the county the girl and her mother live.